Parliamentary bill comes as ‘symmetrical answer’ to similar demands by US of Russian state-funded RT television channel

Russia’s lower house of parliament has unanimously approved a bill allowing the government to register international media outlets as “foreign agents”, days after the US demanded the same of the Russian state-funded RT television channel.

The law could require designated media outlets to disclose where they get their funding and how they spend it, though the bill does not specify on what basis foreign media would be compelled to register.

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